Dear Parents

I am pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees has appointed Kelly Slater-Brown as the new Principal of Bucklands Beach Primary School.

In 2015 Kelly won the inaugural Aitken Fellowship to work at the University of Auckland Centre for Educational Leadership (UACEL). As part of this fellowship she has had the opportunity to work with some of the leading thinkers in the NZ Education sector, including Dr Linda Bendikson, Distinguished Professor Viviane Robinson and Jacqui Patuawa.

Following her Fellowship year, Kelly joined the UACEL team as a facilitator and has been designing and delivering courses for school leaders to improve student outcomes through improved leadership.

Prior to her Fellowship, Kelly spent 7 years as the Deputy Principal of Stanley Bay School, a highly successful Decile 10 school. During this time Kelly led a number of innovative programs for both students and their parents. These programs were recognised as increasing both learning outcomes and the partnership with parents.

Kelly will also bring insights and knowledge from 8 years teaching in various senior roles in the United Kingdom. Kelly is not a total stranger to our area, having been part of the start up staff at Somerville Intermediate from 1997 to 2000.

The Board was impressed by her depth of knowledge, leadership and coaching expertise and practical experience. In Kelly we have not only gained a huge body of knowledge to support the development of our students and teachers, but someone who we believe can practically deliver this and get results. This will ensure we continue to create a fantastic modern learning environment for our students and have the best teachers.

Kelly is one of the leaders in her field and we look forward to her working with our staff, children and parent community to ensure Bucklands Beach Primary School continues to create inquiring, connected and resilient, future focused learners.

Kelly will take up the position at the beginning of Term 1, 2017. Carole Crompton, our current Deputy Principal, will continue to be our Acting Principal until Kelly joins us. The board would like to thank Carole for the outstanding job she has done in stepping into this role since Dorothy’s departure.

Please join the Board in welcoming Kelly to our school.

Best regards

Kieran Turner
Bucklands Beach Primary School Board of Trustees